Straight out of university I started working on arts documentaries for the South Bank Show but soon realised I was more interested in helping make the art rather than reviewing it. After short stints as a presenter in the Millennium Dome Experience, a charity worker in Ghana and an usher at the Royal Opera House I joined the Young Vic as a fundraiser during its awe-inspiring Capital Campaign years. I left to become Head of Fundraising at Circus Space (now the National Centre for Circus Arts) in 2005. In 2010 I established the Circus Development Department at NCCA and as Director of Circus Development I ran a programme of support and professional department for the UK's rapidly growing circus arts sector. Highlights include running 6 week programme to train 42 deaf and disabled artists for the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in 2012 and Depart, a site-specific aerial and dance show which toured to cemeteries across the UK in 2016. I'm delighted to be covering the role of Head of Programme while Emilie Wiseman is on maternity leave.